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A sharing of my heart and my home from a Christian perspective

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Saturday 6 January 2018

Tea with Anne and Me

The beauty of winter is that it makes you appreciate spring. ~ L.M. Montgomery 

Springtime, ah yes, I'm already thinking about it! 

Welcome dear friends and kindred spirits! I hope your New Year is off to a delightful start.

A new year, just like each new day, comes bearing its own gifts...untie the ribbons.

As I was pondering what to share this week I thought about Anne of Green GablesI've been thinking about her a lot lately. 

I suppose it's because I remember one New Years Eve my hubby, our youngest son who was eight years old at the time, and I curled up in the family room with some munchies to watch the Anne movies. It was a wonderful way to welcome in the new year and it's one of those lovely memories from when my children were growing up.

Have you seen the Anne movies or read the books? I like to read the books every couple of years. The Anne movies I am talking about are not the newer movies/series they have out. I am most disappointed in them for they stray quite a bit from the original story. I am talking about those with Megan Follows playing the lead role of Anne. I highly recommend those because they really are superb and follow LM Montgomery's story very well. The acting is so extraordinary, the characters will make you believe you really are in Avonlea. If you haven't seen them, you are missing out on a treat. 

Anne is our beloved heroine here on the Island and she is joining me for tea today. 

Most of you have seen the Anne doll that my father gifted me with his last Christmas. I cherish her and always think about Daddy whenever I look at her. My father knew of my love for Anne and he gifted me with two Anne dolls actually but my porcelain Anne will join us today.

She is dressed in her best pinafore and a calico dress. A pert straw hat with matching ribbon sits upon her head which has a full crop of red hair braided into pigtails. She has green eyes and freckles sprinkled upon her nose and cheeks.

When Anne was a young girl she possessed great 'scope for imagination' and she loved to dream about what it would be like to be a grown up. So, today we will enjoy a grown up tea with some treats left over from Christmas.

My Granny's pancake jug holding the ivy sits behind the teapot. The jug is over a hundred years old just like the Anne story.

I am using my snowflake teapot again which is adorned with an embossed snowflake motif. 

Won't you join me? I am having David's Tea Salted Caramel today and it compliments the Christmas treats.

Today we will live in the moment 
unless it's unpleasant in which case 
we will eat a cookie. ~ Cookie Monster

That quote made me smile and I just had to share it. 

Life is worth living as long as there's a laugh in it. ~ Anne of Green Gables

One thing we can all agree on; Anne made us laugh! I am very blessed to have someone in my life who makes me laugh. My hubby is such a clown and he loves to make me giggle. If I am upset or a bit down about something he will say, "Oh, there they are! I see your dimples!" Dimples really are my downfall at times. They're a dead giveaway when trying to keep a straight face. If you have them, then you know what I mean!

I have set out three pretty teacups; one for you, one for Anne, and one for me. 

Colclough made in England

Another Colclough. I have two of these teacups. I had one and then the other I received from Nancy a few years ago.      

This teacup and saucer is Elizabethan. This is the Island's provincial flower; the Lady's Slipper.

Each cup of tea represents an imaginary journey. ~ Catherine Douzel

My treats are all home made. 

I have set out donut bits, chocolate peanut butter bars, mincemeat tarts, sugar plums, and fruit cake. Please help yourself. 

"She had a good sleep that night and had awakened in the morning to find herself and the world transformed. It had snowed softly and thickly all through the hours of darkness and the beautiful whiteness, glittering in the frosty sunshine, looked like a mantle of charity cast over all the mistakes and humiliations of the past." ~ from LM Montgomery- Anne of Green Gables. 

Snow is like that. It covers all the ugly dried up leaves and debris making the earth appear as though a glistening white blanket had been flung down upon it making it fresh and beautiful again.

Tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it. ~ LM Montgomery - Anne of Green Gables

It's kind of like the new year! There are no mistakes in it ...yet! May we all use a little kindness toward others, use wisdom when we need it, talk less, listen more, and not waste a moment. Life is precious!

 Offer someone a smile even if you don't feel like it. It will make you feel better and it might just make someone else's day.

A smile is the best facelift. 

When we make a mistake, may we also learn from it and may we all shine like a light in the darkness. 

"Dear old world," she murmured, "you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you." ~ Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery 

I'm so glad you are all a part of my world! I have made some very dear friends here in Blogland since I created this little blog of mine. I hope 2018 will allow me to keep sharing from my heart and maybe bring a little happiness or a smile into your day. 

Thank you for joining Anne and me today and the Lord bless you all! The majority of this post is a repost and I hope you enjoyed it.

The Lord bless you, and keep you; 
The Lord make His face shine on you,
...And give you peace. ~ Numbers 6:24-26

I am sharing this with the following parties as well~

Tuesday Cuppa Tea
 Friends Sharing Tea
 Share Your Cup Thursday
 Home Sweet Home

 Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi